The term medical malpractice brings to mind doctors making medical mistakes, but medical malpractice can be committed by any medical professional who makes a negligent act. This includes nurses, dentists, pharmacists, and physicians. All of whom can be equally held liable for patient injuries, illnesses, and unfortunately deaths. At Hecht, Kleeger & Damashek, P.C., we believe that patients should be able to trust their doctors and other medical professionals. We are committed to helping victims of medical malpractice obtain the financial compensation that they deserve.
Most people assume that medical malpractice only occurs in the form of a doctor making a large mistake during surgery or leaving a medical instrument in the body, malpractice may occur in many forms. Some of which are are much harder to detect. In fact, you may not even know that you are a victim of medical malpractice until months after you have been taking the wrong medication or have been dealing with a painful recovery.
Some of the main reasons that injured parties file medical malpractice suits are:
Failure to diagnose
A doctor can be charged with gross negligence if it can be proven that he or she should have been able to perform the procedure or administer the medication correctly under normal circumstances.
Unfortunately, many medical malpractice cases go unnoticed or unreported. The The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services claims that only 14% of all medical malpractice cases are reported, which leaves most doctors go unpunished for their offenses. The report rate is very low because most patients are nervous or hesitant to go up against the hospitals. When a patient does decide to litigate it is normally over a year after the offense.
It is essential to have a New York medical malpractice lawyer on your side fighting for your right to compensation. At Hecht Kleeger & Damashek, P.C., we feel strongly about protecting patient rights and seeing that standards of care are upheld. Unlike other states, New York places no cap on the amount of damages recoverable in a medical malpractice case.
In New York the statue of limitations for a medical malpractice suit is two and a half years, so it’s important to contact a medical malpractice lawyer as soon as possible. We at Hecht Kleeger & Damashek, P.C., are aggressive in pursuing compensation for our injured clients, especially when the client was injured by someone else’s negligence.